The Master of Science in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology program provides students with a unique basic science education within the Graduate School of Public Health. Graduates of our MS program develop skills and experience to become more competitive applicants for medical school and doctoral programs, as well as qualified researchers in academia, government and industry. This two year program emphasizes coursework in immunology, cell biology, and virology, and enables students to apply their coursework to their thesis research projects completed under a faculty advisor.
MS students have the opportunity to complete nearly all credit and course requirements by the end of the fall semester in their second year. This allows students to register part-time in their final term, resulting in significant cost savings. The final term’s emphasis will be on thesis research in the laboratory and thesis writing. Please note that accelerated progress is exclusive to the degree program. Any additional certificate interests may require the full 2 years to graduation. For more information on accelerated progress, please email email@example.com.
Many of our MS students are part-time students working as full-time research specialists in laboratories on campus, including the Medical School, School of Arts and Sciences, and Children’s Hospital. They are able to use the education benefit provided by Pitt or UPMC (typically up to 6 credits per term), and perform their thesis research as part of their job responsibilities. This is a great way to further your education while working full-time within the discipline. Please contact the MS program Director if you are interested in exploring this opportunity.
IDM will provide $1,000 - $3,000 in first semester financial aid to the first 50% of accepted applicants that accept our offer and matriculate. For additional information, please visit our Financial Aid page.
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